Charleston (SC) Mercury, “An Episode in the Southern Tour of Douglas,” June 10, 1859

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    “An Episode in the Southern Tour of Douglas,” Charleston (SC) Mercury, June 10, 1859, p. 1: 3.
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    Montgomery (AL) Confederation
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    Charleston Mercury
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    An Episode in the Southern Tour of Douglas
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.

    AN EPISODE IN THE SOUTHERN TOUR OF DOUGLAS. – We have the assurance of a gentleman present, that the trip of Judge Douglas from Montgomery to Mobile afforded an opportunity, which was not allowed to pass unimproved, of rendering himself immensely popular with a portion of the passengers, by [unstinted?] and unmeasured denunciations of Mr. Buchanan and his Administration. It chanced, however – unfortunately for the Senator – that among the eager listeners who constantly thronged to his side, was an intelligent old line Georgia democrat, upon whose ear these continuous diatribes fell gratingly, and whose long-taxed patience, growing weaker and weaker, finally yielded to an uncontrollable inclination to retort. He had “nursed his wrath to keep it warm” so long, that he had grown hot, and when he opened it was to some purpose. Reviewing the course of the Little Giant upon the Kansas settlement in a most satisfactory manner, he next attacked his squatter sovereignty doctrine, and finally concluded, to the astonishment of the crowd and the Senator, with the unqualified declaration that between Seward and Douglas he had no choice. The Judge “weakened” perceptibly under the scathing of the indignant Georgian, and fell back upon his vested rights, which in this particular case was – “brandy straight.” - Montgomery Confederation.

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